Elsinore’s Next Moral Crisis…

Councilman Thomas Buckley


And not by unfounded allegations against Councilman Thomas Buckley.

Lake Elsinore is a city where a dim bulb like former  Council member and petty thief, Pam Brinley, could actually be the mayor until  Reform Councilman Thomas Buckley was  first elected and brought honesty back into vogue. Buckley then began to take out the members of the Washburn (another former mayor) political machine, one by one, one dishonest wheel after another, including former mayor Kevin Pape, was eliminated.  Finally, political fatigue and old age ended the careers of former mayors,Genie Kelley and Bob Schiffner.

The primary instrument of reform of Elsinore’s corruption was Buckley, a young and professional journalist for the Press Enterprise (he’s the best reporter ever assigned to cover Lake  Elsinore……ever) and thus hated by the former, perpetually rotating  mayors and petty thieves of the  Washburn Machine for his truth telling and fair and honest reportage.  The old Elsinore Magazine crew had a piece of the action as well, making  unrestrained mockery of these larcenous politicos, to their  political detriment and personal anguish.

If you like your current City Council, you have Tom Buckley to thank.  Darryll Hickman beat former mayor Kevin Pape by a  mere 11 votes, thanks to Buckley’s generous coattails. (Now  Hickman, the ingrate, would never acknowledge his debt to Buckley and  reprehensibly supports the recall of his former mentor).

Zak had forgotten how uncouth Hickman could be as a politician until he inserted a bad joke into his remarks about a skydiver who had fallen to his death the week prior to the re-opening of the Wildomar VFW.  The awkward silence in the crowded room would only have been surpassed had Hickman put the microphone into his backside pants crease,  and asked someone to pull his finger, in a pathetic attempt to be funny.

Even Mayor Bob Magee, originally ran under Buckley’s reform banner to win his first seat on the council.  He’s turned out to be a pretty good mayor.

Buckley’s overt support for first term Council members Amy Bhutta’s  and Melissa Melendez’ recent elections to the council was a valuable asset to  these  first time, neophyte candidates.  Gratitude wears well, ladies.

Why all of the historical reporting from Zak? If the citizens of Lake  Elsinore stupidly vote in support of this misguided recall effort and oust Buckley, thinking he has enriched himself while on the council (he has not), they will get the city government they deserve, not the city government they need.

Thomas Buckley is the most honorable, honest politician that I have ever known, matched only by Wildomar City Council member Sheryl Ade. They are both cut out of the same bolt of “honest public servant”  fabric and represent their constituents with the same  honorable intentions and motives.

I traveled with my good friend Tom, to Washington D. C., for the second Bush Inauguration, in 2004 .  He was  painfully careful not to spend a single cent on me during our trip, callously forcing me to pay a full and exact 50% share of every expenditure, to which I agreed, since I am as honest as Tom, even though I’m not a politician with  reporting obligations.

Now, a recall election facilitated by a questionable group effort puts Elsinore’s voter dilemma on center stage. Will Elsinore take out the intelligent, moral political compass of their City Council and put their future in the hands of Buckley’s coattail riders, like Hickman?  Most of these people would not have been elected without his sage advice and generous political support. 

By the way, most  of the above current city council members were happy, during their campaigns,  to drink,  and  toss darts at the Wreck with Tom, until they got elected.  Suddenly, they now have their recently updated Temperance Union cards (valid only in public, however). Some even danced atop the Wreck’s bar and then, following an ungainly dismount, returned to political strategy discussions. You can ask them who it was.

Ultimately, should Buckley be recalled, I wish to go on record as saying, “you have been warned.”  Be careful what you ask for. 

Zak knows;  he was there during the entire  Buckley reform movement. (Go to The Wayback Machine.com, enter “Elsinore Magazine” in the search engine and enjoy reading about your city’s lurid past).

So, Elsinorians, the choice is yours. Take out the good guy on unfounded allegations and replace him with some ambitious political hack/opportunist or save yourselves from the loss of Elsinore’s moral compass by voting “No” on Buckley’s recall.

You’ll thank me later.


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